A way into the academic study of games and play, for students of all ages

This course is currently being offered live on Outschool. Presentation slides for each session will be posted here, along with the recommended reading selections to go further with the topic. They should give you lots of ideas for what to read and play next.

Queen Nefertari
“Queen Nefertari playing the game of Senet against an invisible opponent” — from The Public Domain Review

Week 1: Historical Approaches to Ludology

Week 2: Play in Art and Science

Week 3: Playing The Legend of Zelda

Thanks for playing along! You might also like our courses on Video Game Studies and Intertextuality.